The Gambler 1974

The Gambler

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New York City English professor Axel Freed (James Caan) outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him. After a heavy loss betting on basketball, he relies on his mother to bail him out to the tune of $44,000. Unfazed, he continues to gamble recklessly, winning big at a casino, only to blow it all just as quickly. When his debts become more than he can handle, the loan sharks begin to circle.

Cast

James Caan
as Axel Freed
Morris Carnovsky
as A.R. Lowenthal
Burt Young
as Carmine
M. Emmet Walsh
as Las Vegas Gambler
James Woods
as Bank Officer
Allan Rich
as Bernie
Ray Serra
as Benny
William Andrews
as Basketball Coach
Joseph Attles
as Singer in the Park
Sully Boyar
as Uncle Hy
Lucille Patton
as Ricky's Wife
Ed Kovens
as Ricky
Baron Wilson
as Basketball Janitor
Frank Sivero
as Donny's Driver
Frank Scioscia
as Man in Park with Donny
Beatrice Winde
as Receptionist
Leon Pinkney
as Street Basketball Boy
Alisha Fontaine
as Howie's Girl
Presley Caton
as Monkey's Girl
Mitch Stein
as College Announcer
Jonathan Koshner
as College Announcer
Dick Schaap
as TV Announcer
Chick Hearn
as Radio Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Gambler

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Gambler

  • Jan 23, 2008
    a thriller masquerading as a drama, but some good shots heighten what's drama; the hero needs to lose to prove to himself that he actually risked; Caan keeps us interested in him
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2007
    Great drama about a born loser who is given a second chance. An incredible character drama with the always great (at least back then) Caan.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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